Malawi human rights defenders have lost trust in police

The chairperson for the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Timothy Mtambo said the civil society  organisations (CSOs) actively involved in human rights activism and have lost trust in the Malawi Police Services.

Mtambo: We have lost confidence in the Malawi police

The gun and petrol bomb attack survivor  said  he reported his recent attack from suspected regime thugs to police  as a matter of formality through human rights defenders have lost trust in the system.

Mtambo, who has been at the centre of anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations and his colleagues, last Friday survived a gun attack from assassins who were trailing him with six bullets hitting his car, but remained unhurt.

He said Malawi police did not seem willing to help activists when issues have been reported to them, citing the petrol bomb at his house and another incident at Crossroads Hotel where there was an alleged attempt to bomb a car of one of the activists.

“We have lost confidence in the Malawi police,” said Mtambo.

He said rights defenders have reported to them so many issues but there has been inaction, especially when perpetrators of the violence are known to be ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadres.

Mtambo said Police are yet to arrest perpetrators of the violence that left human rights activist Billy Mayaya and four others injured following clashes between DPP youth cadets and HRDC-mobilised protesters in Blantyre

“The Billy Mayaya incident was reported to them, but nothing has happened,” he said.

Video clips went viral showing Mayaya being attacked by some youth in DPP regalia with on Jomo Osman a DPP militia conspicuously seen. Previously, suspects have been rounded up using similar video clips.

The failure to arrest perpetrators of violence in Blantyre comes amid perceptions that the law enforcers develop cold feet when it comes to acting on crimes involving DPP supporters.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera assured HRDC that the police is committed to protecting human rights activists just like the rest of the public.

Meanwhile,  Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has since condemned the attack on Mtambo and  appealed to government to provide maximum protection to rights activists, especially at the time the country continues to witness incidences of political violence.

MHRC executive secretary David Nungu said such attacks will affect efforts to bring peace and reconciliation, appealing to all concerned parties to exercise restraint.

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Shonai
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Bravo Police:It is a fact and it’s true.Criminals ,thags,croocs ,thieves cannot be friendly to the police no matter what and can’t speak Good about the police.Innocent people have no problems with police.Keep own doing your good work.

Analyst
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Analyst

Mtambo should resign for mismanaging demonstrations. Demonstrations have been marred by irregularities.

Dr F Chikwatu
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Dr F Chikwatu

Mtambo what you are saying just want people to feel sympathy to u the thewaydescribed it shows that is your plot and other thing is ur not VIP tohave maximum protection

Okatraz
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Okatraz

we have also lost trust in HRDC

Kaka
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Kaka

Am shokef to note that chakwera and utm have not commented anything about the loss of a police officer. They have not condemned the incident. Kuli ziiiii

Dr F Chikwatu
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Dr F Chikwatu

Chakwera munthu wanyau sananene kathu

tung'ande
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tung'ande

we have had enough of this bastard and it is high time somebody planted bullets into his sick head. Our peace has been disturbed and our businesses have gone down. Some of us have lost property and relatives all because of this stupid Tumbuka who claims to know rights than any of us. Its high time this bastard was sent back to his maker . We can not continue hearing of this bastard. Those who are supporting him are like blind pigs who have nothing gainful to do. I can not imagine how people can follow this stupid person for… Read more »

Labe
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Every week new lies HRDC is just another shit this mtambo thing zongofuna attentions taking advantage over mbuzi za malawi and selfish opposition leaders destroying people’s business kuika personal interests first not Malawi

Concerned citizen
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What is so special about these men? Why do they expect VIP treatment?

Did I miss some news? Why do they expect exceptional treatment.

Stop troubling us with your personal issues ever day. We all have enough on our plate without taking into account your daily issues.

What will it be tonight?

Limma
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Limma

The new Kamlepo Kalua..

Big tee
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Big tee

Inunso a nyansa times , assassin akalephere ntchito??? those were not assassins , use another word plz